Intercargo: Better Understanding of MARPOL Annex V Needed

Monday, December 24, 2012

MARPOL Annex V: Port Reception Facilities – Intercargo Warns of Potential Confusion and Enforcement Issues from 1 January 2013.

 
Intercargo, representing the interests of dry bulk shipowners and operators, has found a general lack of information and understanding concerning important changes to MARPOL Annex V for port reception facilities that enter into force on 1 January 2013.
 
The new requirements, which will place additional planning and reporting responsibilities on shippers and terminal operators, could also cause confusion, delays, contractual disagreements and possibly action by Port State Control authorities.  The lack of appropriate facilities to discharge dry cargo residues and hold washing water is generally acknowledged  but with few apparent additions to facilities, compliance of the regulations by the various stakeholders will be difficult.
 
Under current and revised SOLAS rules and in accordance with Section 4.2 of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, shippers must now declare on the ‘Cargo Declaration’ whether the commodity shipped is ‘Harmful to the Marine Environment’ (HME) or not.  If the cargo is HME, any cargo residues – the limited quantities of dry bulk materials left in the hold after unloading, including any cargo entrained in washing water, will be explicitly defined as garbage under MARPOL V.
 
Ian Harrison, Intercargo’s Technical Manager, points out that this is creating confusion with shippers and owners alike; “Many responsible owners will have seen the Intercargo Briefing Note on the changes but there is a possibility that shippers may not be aware of their responsibilities for declaring HME cargoes on the Shippers Declaration.” Shippers who are not fully up to speed on the new requirements are urged to seek assistance.” 
 
Owners and masters need to be aware of the cargo classification in order to discharge cargo residues appropriately since the previously agreed exemption defined in MEPC.1/Circ. 675/Rev.1 for ‘Special Areas’ such as the Mediterranean, the Wider Caribbean Area and the Gulfs, due to their general inability to process Hold Washing Water (HWW), will no longer apply after 1 January 2013.
 
The discharge of cargo residues into the sea is permitted under defined conditions when outside ‘Special Areas’ and at a range greater than 12 miles from shore, and only when the cargo is not classified as HME.
 
Owners and masters will have to rely on Section 6.1.2 of MARPOL V to permit discharge of residues and HWW in Special Areas in a limited range of circumstances – for example, the residue must not be deemed HME, the ship must be en route 12 nautical miles from land, there must be no adequate facilities at either discharge or next loading port and both ports are within the Special Area. Any residue that is HME must be discharged into a reception facility which should be provided at the receiving terminal. 
 
Intercargo will release an updated version of its ‘Terminal Problem Reporting Form’ on 1 January 2013 to coincide with the regulatory changes.  Responses from all Bulk Carrier Masters will provide information about the provision of facilities and general compliance by all parties – including the Shippers, of compliance with the Amended MARPOL V regulations.
 
Further information on this topic is available on the ‘Port Reception Facilities’ area of the Intercargo website.

Maritime Reporter August 2013 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Kurdish Crude Oil Tankships: End-Game Still in Doubt

After a legal show-down in Texas this week, the outlook for a handful of tankers holding some $300 million worth of Kurdish oil is not looking good. Seemingly

Kenya Charges 9 Foreigners over Heroin Haul

Nine foreign nationals were charged in a Kenyan court on Thursday with trafficking the biggest ever single seizure of drugs at the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa.

Former MSC Manager Sentenced on Bribes Charges

Former Afloat Programs Manager at the United States Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC), Kenny E. Toy, was sentenced to 96 months in prison for receiving bribes, the U.

Tanker Trends

Kurdish Crude Oil Tankships: End-Game Still in Doubt

After a legal show-down in Texas this week, the outlook for a handful of tankers holding some $300 million worth of Kurdish oil is not looking good. Seemingly

Korea Shipbuilder Wins US$400-M Greek Order

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., South Korea’s second-largest shipbuilder, says it has signed a contract to build 4 tankships for Maran Tankers Management,

US DOE Approves Oregon LNG Export Project

The U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday it has approved Oregon LNG to export liquefied natural gas, as the Obama administration works through applications to

Bulk Carrier Trends

Redwood City Sees Cargo Movement Boost

Port of Redwood City reports 19% increase in cargo movement; highest since 2006 and third highest in modern history Reflecting a significant increase in construction

Nordic American Offshore Declares 2Q Dividend

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. announced that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $0.45 per common share for the second quarter 2014. This is the same as for the first quarter 2014.

Vale Profit Falls Amidst Record Output

Brazilian miner Vale SA posted a sharp decline in profit from the previous quarter as lower iron ore prices undermined record production of the steel-making ingredient.

Maritime Safety

ABS President Wiernicki Signs New MARAD Agreement

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) informs that it has entered into a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) establishing the policies and procedures regarding the

MNZ Opens New Office in Port Taranaki

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) informs that for the first time in 5 years it has a permanent presence in New Plymouth on the opening of a new office at Port Taranaki

BMT ARGOSS Awarded OHSAS 18001

BMT ARGOSS, an operating company of BMT Group Ltd. has been awarded the universally recognized standard for occupational health and safety, BS OHSAS 18001. BMT ARGOSS,

Government Update

Kurdish Crude Oil Tankships: End-Game Still in Doubt

After a legal show-down in Texas this week, the outlook for a handful of tankers holding some $300 million worth of Kurdish oil is not looking good. Seemingly

MNZ Opens New Office in Port Taranaki

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) informs that for the first time in 5 years it has a permanent presence in New Plymouth on the opening of a new office at Port Taranaki

US DOE Approves Oregon LNG Export Project

The U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday it has approved Oregon LNG to export liquefied natural gas, as the Obama administration works through applications to

Logistics

New Tolls Structure at Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Authority has advised that a new tolls structure will be introduced when the expanded Canal opens. The proposal the Authority plans to present

Matson Reports Solid Q2 2014 Results, Dividend Increased

Leading U.S. carrier in the PacificMatson, Inc. reported net income of $18.1 million or $0.42 per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, compared with $20.

Tuco Marine Sells First ProZero Fast Workboat

Tuco Marine Group says that it has sold its first boat shortly after the launch of ProZero, the new range of boats for the professional market. The vessel was sold

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0899 sec (11 req/sec)